To bridge the gap between standard desktop motherboards and top-class Xeon offerings, Asus is rumored to have just unveiled its new flagship X299 motherboard trio that targets business, prosumers and enthusiasm PCs, having previously presented its latest flagship X299 desktop motherboard some time ago.
All three new workstation motherboards offer support for Intel Core-X series processors, eight DIMM slots supporting up to 128GB DDR4-4133MHz (OC), as well as multi-GPU graphics card configurations featuring enhanced PCI-E SafeSlot slot technology to prevent damage from movement of the system with heavy graphics card.
For the first model. The Asus WS X299 Sage, is a workstation motherboard model that comes with the support of seven full-sized PCI-E slots connected to the CPU via a PLX switch so you can run a quad-x16 setup with at least x8 width simultaneously. Motherboards that have advantages over the other 2 models have a larger CEB form factor and are compatible with most E-ATX chassis.
As for Asus WS X299 Pro / SE and Asus WS X299 Pro motherboards, both are standard ATX motherboard models. Although both are equipped with fewer PCI-E slots than the Asus WS X299 Sage motherboard model, both motherboards (Asus WS X299 Pro / SE and Asus WS X299 Pro) still support a three-way SLI and Crossfire graphics card configuration. The only major difference between Asus WS X299 Pro / SE and Asus WS X299 Pro is located on its remote management capability
Common features among the new workstation motherboards include dual M2 slots that work with standard SSDs and Intel Optane Memory as well as at least one U.2 connector for datacenter class drives. Both M.2 slots are equipped with heatsinks to help remove heat to prevent thermal (thermal) release under heavy loads.
In addition to the support of USB 3.1 Gen2 ports on Type-A, Type-C, enhanced Crystal Sound 3 audio, and dual Intel network chips with failover support, the three motherboards are also equipped with headers for both standard RGB strip and addressable LED lights . Catering for water coolers and two of the six existing onboard fan levers have support for water pumps and all-in-one coolers.
So far there has been no further notice of Asus other than just mentioning that November 2017 is touted as the time of its availability.